Earlier this year, Apple bought Intel's modem business in an attempt to develop its own components, eliminating the need to rely on other companies. Of course, much work remains to be done until this really happens, with internal sources claiming that 5G technology will take a while to reach Apple devices.
Qualcomm continues to be the modems provider of iPhones, promising to deliver a 5G-enabled component for next year's models. However, given the legal quarrels and other problems both companies have had, it appears that Apple intends to cancel this partnership.
Cupertino, the giant, has set up its own R&D team for RF modems and chips, which, curiously, is based in San Diego, where Qualcomm is located. It has also been said that 5G iPhones should hit the market in 2022.
After all, even if manufacturing is relatively fast, Apple will need to do a lot of testing and optimization on the modem to ensure its functionality, as well as having to certify it with the FCC and other regulatory agencies.
Apple's idea is to create a SoG-integrated 5G modem to reduce power consumption, but sources suggest the company is more likely to develop these components separately on the 2022 iPhones, as the integrated SoC is expected to arrive by 2023. To help In this task, Apple hired Esin Terzioglu, who was vice president of engineering at Qualcomm.
By comparison, Samsung and Huawei already have chips with integrated 5G modem. In August, the South Korean introduced the Exynos 980, which should appear on some smartphones by the end of the year. On the other hand, the Chinese giant recently started selling Mate 30 5G and Mate 30 Pro 5G with Kirin 990, processor that brings integrated 5G.